BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. — The Knox County Sheriff's Office Organized Retail Crime Unit concluded a 6-month investigation into a Knoxville man accused of reselling stolen goods.
The fencing sting cost local retailers tens of thousands of dollars in loss, according to a press release from KCSO.
Detectives executed a search warrant at a Blount County residence on Feb 13 and located approximately $50,000 in new and like-new power tools and other equipment that they said was requested by, stolen for, and sold to Juan Martinez-Perez of Knoxville.
Martinez-Perez is charged with Theft over $2,500 and violating the Organized Retail Crime Prevention Act. He is currently being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.
His bond was originally set at $10,000, but a KCSO spokesperson said it was increased to $15,000 later Wednesday afternoon.